In touch with the future: The sense of touch from cognitive neuroscience to virtual reality by Alberto GallaceIn touch with the future: The sense of touch from cognitive neuroscience to virtual reality by Alberto Gallace

In touch with the future: The sense of touch from cognitive neuroscience to virtual reality

byAlberto Gallace, Charles Spence

Hardcover | February 28, 2014

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Out of all the human senses, touch is the one that is most often unappreciated, and undervalued. Yet, the surface of the human body, the skin, is actually one huge sheet of tactile receptors. It provides us with the means to connect with our surroundings. Despite the important role that visionplays in our everyday lives, it is the skin that constitutes both the oldest, and by far the largest of our sense organs. The skin protects our body from the external world and, at the same time, informs us about what occurs on its surface.In Touch With The Future explores the science of touch, bringing together the latest findings from cognitive neuroscience about the processing of tactile information in humans. The book provides a comprehensive overview of scientific knowledge regarding themes such as tactile memory, tactileawareness (consciousness), tactile attention, the role of touch in interpersonal and sexual interactions, and the neurological substrates of touch. It highlights the many ways in which our growing understanding of the world of touch can, and in some cases already are, being applied in the real worldin everything from the development of virtual reality (VR) environments, tablet PCs, mobile phones, and even teledildonics - the ultimate frontier in terms of adult entertainment. In addition, the book shows how the cognitive neuroscience approach to the study of touch can be applied to help improve the design of many real-world applications/products as well as to many of our everyday experiences, such as those related to the appreciation of food, marketing, packaging design,the development of enhanced sensory substitution systems, art, and man-machine interfaces. Crucially, the authors makes a convincing argument for the view that one cannot really understand touch, especially not in a real-world context, without placing it in a multisensory context. That is, thesenses interact to influence tactile perception in everything - from changing the feel of a surface or product by changing the sound it makes or the fragrance it has.For students and researchers in the brain sciences, this book presents a valuable and fascinating exploration into one of our least understood senses
Alberto Gallace is Researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Charles Spence is Fellow and Tutor in Experimental Psychology at Somerville College, Oxford, UK.
Title:In touch with the future: The sense of touch from cognitive neuroscience to virtual realityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:February 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Touch in the laboratory 1: Introducing the sense of touch1. Introduction2. The fundamentals of touch: The organization of the somatosensory system3. Tactile perceptual organizationTouch in the laboratory 2: The higher order factors that affect tactile perception4. The awareness of touch5. A memory for touch6. Tactile attention7. Caressing the skin: The social side of touch8. Outside the boundaries of our bodies: The relationship between touch and the representation of the body in our mindTouch in the real world 1: Overcoming the limitations in tactile information processing9. Technologies of touch10. Tactile and multisensory warning signalsTouch in the real world 2: Enhancing the affective design of touch11. Touch in the marketplace: Selling by means of touch12. Touch in the museum: Sculpture, art, aesthetics, and visual impairment13. Touch in the bedroom: The role of touch in sexual behavior14. Touch in the restaurant: A touch of gastronomyConclusions15. Touching the futureReferences